Hampton Rovers U15 coach Mil Hanna was inducted into the Carlton Football Club Hall of Fame at a prestigious event last Friday evening at the Athenaeum Theatre. He was inducted along with Scott Camporeale, Ian Robertson and Jack Wrout.
Born in Lebanon, but raised a stone’s throw from the old Princes Park ground in East Brunswick, Milham Hanna joined Carlton having earned All-Australian status as a Teal Cup player. And yet he was an early casualty of a brutal, unforgiving competition when his knee gave way on senior debut for Carlton in the opening round of 1986.
Retained by the Blues, Hanna repaid the faith when he resumed in the 7th round of the 1987 season – and by ’89 he was a Carlton regular, predominantly off a wing as a loping, long-kicking type. The bald man in the lucky No.13 dark Navy Blue guernsey.
Hanna featured in 19 senior games in 1993, including the Grand Final, and would later appear in all matches. He would then turn out in all senior games in 1994 and ’95 – including the ’95 Grand Final fondly remembered as “Sweet Sixteen”.
The curtain came down on Mil’s 190-game Carlton career in 1997 – but the boy from East Brunswick still maintains his love for the club with which he shares a deep-rooted territorial link.